Oversight Specialist – WA State Charter School Commission

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Olympia, WA



The Washington State Charter School Commission (Commission) is looking for an Oversight Specialist, an essential full-time position (40 hours per week) based in Olympia, Washington. This position may be eligible for a partial telework schedule. Telework is a combination of in-building and off-site days. The individual who joins our team will bring a strong desire to learn and is detail oriented. Additionally, the individual must demonstrate a commitment to advancing educational equity and quality educational outcomes for all students, as well as an ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.

As part of a small agency that serves to fulfill the Commission’s primary functions, authorization and oversight of charter schools, the selected candidate will be a valued partner with diverse duties and the ability to complete tasks of varying complexity and challenge. The position provides opportunities for professional growth, along with a collegial and collaborative atmosphere.

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to visit the Commission’s website (www.charterschool.wa.us) to gain insight into the agency’s mission, vision, strategic plan and educational equity policy.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Commission’s Director of School Quality and Accountability, the Oversight Specialist is part of the oversight team responsible for the ongoing monitoring of charter school performance. This position will support the team’s efforts in completing tasks associated with the agency’s primary functions, the authorization and oversight of charter schools, and support the agency as it refines its oversight processes.

The work environment is primarily computer and office-based with some field work for school visits and other meetings. School visits happen on average 3-5 times per year and include both visits during the school day and evening board meetings. Site visits require travel and include overnight stays. Work is cyclical requiring more hours during certain times throughout the year, including weekends on occasion.

Key Responsibilities

This position will serve as an Oversight Specialist at the Commission.  This position will, at a minimum, focus on:

  • Assisting the Commission to ensure that the charter school oversight processes and procedures are implemented. Duties include, but are not limited to:
    • Review school reports and documents;
    • Conduct site visits to schools for evaluation and monitoring purposes;
    • Attend school board meetings;
    • Review and analyze relevant data;
    • Complete written evaluation and site visit reports;
    • Build relationships with school administrators;
    • Conduct other evaluation and monitoring activities as necessary; and
    • Support intervention activities with charter schools, including ensuring compliance with corrective actions and other regulatory processes.
  • Providing information and support to charter school leaders and staff;
  • Providing technical information and training to charter schools regarding the implementation of programs that comply with state and federal regulations;
  • Provide regular coaching and support to charter school leaders, governing boards, and other relevant parties to ensure alignment and clarity regarding mutually agreed upon performance metrics ;
  • Deepen relationships with school-based partners, key district personnel, foundation partners, and other stakeholders to further the Commission’s work;
  • Prepare documents for publication;
  • Provide technical information to external stakeholders;
  • Participate in stakeholder engagement activities;
  • Develop interagency partnerships;
  • Access resources to deepen working knowledge of successful charter school operations; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Commission’s Executive Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.
  • One year or more years of experience with program evaluation.
  • One year or more years of experience developing or implementing performance frameworks including the use of data-driven performance metrics.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Adobe.
  • Strong oral communication skills, including presentation skills.
  • Leadership and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities on an ongoing basis.

Preferred Experience

This section refers to experience that is not required, but will contribute to the success of the individual in the Oversight Specialist role:

  • K-12 education experience as either a teacher or administrator at the school or district level preferred.

Most successful candidates will possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Self-Management: Effective and efficient use of work time, exhibiting integrity and honesty, and working effectively in a diverse work environment. Addresses conflict directly and respectfully with an eye towards resolution and learning.
  • Teamwork: Contribution to the development, cohesion and productivity of the Commission Leadership Team. Supporting teamwork and cooperation through open communication with all members and offers assistance to others.
  • Personal Development: Participating in meetings in an active, cooperative, and courteous manner.  Demonstrating understanding and empathy towards others. Seek out opportunities for learning while respecting individual approaches to learning and engaging with others.
  • Accountability: Accept personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work and can be relied upon to achieve results with little need for oversight.
  • Judgment: Display balanced thinking that combines wisdom, analysis, experience, and perspective.
  • Stress tolerance: Effectively handle stressful or adverse situations, making good decisions, working calmly and accurately, and ability to deescalate stressful situations. Must be able to laugh.
  • Verbal communication: Effectively express ideas and information through spoken word using language that is appropriate. Making effective oral presentations, writing clearly and succinctly.

Condition of employment:


The annual compensation for the position is $60,000-$70,000 per year and will depend upon experience, educational background, and qualifications. Washington State has a generous benefit package including health, dental, and life insurance, retirement, and an optional deferred compensation program. Please go to the following websites for benefit information; www.hca.wa.gov for information regarding health benefits and www.drs.wa.gov for retirement plan information.  This is an Exempt Position and serves at the pleasure of the Executive Director for the Commission.

Application Process

Those interested in this position must apply through Careers.wa.gov. Applications must include the following documents in MS Word and PDF format only:

  • A letter of interest specifically addressing the qualifications listed in this announcement;
  • A current résumé, and;
  • A list of three or more professional references.

Please address any questions to:

Sal Salazar, Human Resources

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
600 Washington Street Southeast
Olympia, Washington 98504-7200
(360) 725-6278Sal.salazar@k12.wa.us 

Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources Office at (360) 725-6270 or (360) 725-6066, or e-mail hroffice@k12.wa.us.

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